Unique Vessels: Halloween Serving Dishes

It's been a while since I have done a "Unique Vessels" post. Today I want to show you two ways you could use serving dishes as vessels for some festive Halloween fun! I decided that this Pottery Barn Cauldron Punch Bowl and Cauldron Condiment Set would be fun to fill with flowers for a Halloween party. I think they both turned out pretty cute, and are very easy to put together. You can fill yours up with the autumn flowers of your choice. I happened to have some bittersweet berries and chinese lanterns, and thought that they would be perfect as they both last a very long time. Note: the Cauldron Punch Bowl says "no longer available" online, but, I have seen a number of them at the store.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

For this, all you need are mini pumpkins, and some flowers or berries. I chose all white pumpkins, but you could mix it up if you wanted some color; or, just do all orange. Pumpkins in the fall are pretty no matter what you do with them! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

For this, I just used chinese lanterns. You could also use mini pumpkin tree stems, or maybe peppers. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood Cauldron Punch Bowl available at Pottery Barn (no longer available online, but still available in store) Cauldron Condiment Set available at Pottery Barn

Autumn Color Series: Yellow

Yellow, while not the only color in this arrangement, is the star. I simply adore this fall combination, as what's not to love about the combination of bittersweet, viburnum, garden rose, and more for an autumn colored treat? Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Bittersweet is lovely, but poisonous. The yellow husks give way to a lovely orange-red fruit. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: bittersweet, milkweed, euphorbia, branches from maidenhair tree, persimmon, garden rose, viburnum Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin with the bittersweet. I created a structure for the arrangement by placing the thin branches in my vase and then used it as a base to secure the rest of the flowers.

I try to avoid floral foam as much as possible, and instead try to use the stronger-stemmed varieties to build an interlocking base (almost like a basket frog) in which to secure the other flowers. Yes, it is much easier to put large and asymmetric arrangements together with the foam, but I have found ways to make do without and try to avoid it as much as I possibly can due to the environmental concern. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Place the maidenhair branches. The color and shape of the leaves are really pretty, and I thought they would be an unexpected and unique element. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Now add the viburnum - the glossy look of these berries is so so pretty! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue by placing the yellow milkweed (butterfly weed) throughout the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the garden rose, making sure that they are visible and that they do not get lost within the arrangement. They are too beautiful to hide! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the euphorbia. I used these to add a wild touch to my centerpiece. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The persimmons are added last. Place them where they won't crush the rest of the flowers. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood